Editor Note: Here is an article by Rich Traver about Our First Love.
Here is a key to overcoming the lukewarm attitude so prevelant in the body of Christ today.
Years in the Faith can take an Inevitable Toll if we are not Careful.
Even those who Comprised the First Century Church were not Exceptions!
What Admonition should Christians take from Christ’s Assessment of Ephesus?
© Rich Traver 81520-1411 12-15-12 [ 213 ] www.goldensheaves.org
“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (KJV)
Seven very insightful verses from the second chapter of the book of Revelation explain to us that the first century Church of God, despite the benefit of direct contact with God’s original Apostles, Prophets and Evangelists, even with those who had personal interactions with Jesus, could and did relax their first love! And, it affected their works!
What isn’t fully understood is exactly what that loss was. We tend to deduce, based more on our current situation, that it was primarily a devotional erosion. But can we discern from the texts what the condition in fact was? What aspect of love was it that they had become deficient in? Was it just their emotional regard for their Savior, or did it reflect itself in more practical ways?
We can see from what Jesus said to them in His introductory comments that their devotion as evident in their works, labor and patience without fainting were, to this point at least, exemplary. So, if they were being complemented in these respects, what would, in the same breath, warrant the negative assessment that they had ‘fallen’ in one important area? Is love exhibited in their works?
What Kind of Love?
Let’s consider the possibilities. Was it in their emotion? Was it in their devotion? Was it in their expression of Faith? Was it in their hold on Doctrine, the True Faith? In what area were they so deficient that their ‘candlestick’, their spiritual legitimacy as the Church of God, was at risk?
In verses 2 and 3 we see their history generously commended. Verse 5 exhorts them to consider their ‘first works’. Verse 6 again commends them for hating the Nicolaitan deeds, which He also hates. When we consider their “works, labor, patience and perseverance” (not fainting under duress), we are given generalities that we can’t specifically identify with regard to answering the questions in the previous paragraphs. However, He is quite specific in two areas of this passage.